Whelanslive in association with Liffey Bank Sessions presents
ACCLAIMED IRISH-AMERICAN BAND
SOLAS is the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the circuit today. Eighteen years ago, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for “light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to clichés. Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhrán) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), Solas is rounded out by Mick McAuley (accordions, low whistle, concertina, vocals), Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and newest member and lead singer, Noriana Kennedy. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Irish music world and drive the genre forward.
This Internationally acclaimed super-group has not only captured the hearts and ears of Irish music aficionados, but fans all around the globe. Their fan base includes Béla Fleck and Emmylou Harris.
Their last album, Shamrock City received much praise by many:
“…a richly-textured musical backdrop that could be a first- cousin-once-removed of Springsteen’s The Seeger Sessions.”
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
“…ranked Solas among … the most exciting bands anywhere in the world.”
The Irish Echo
of the singers, Shamrock City reveals essential human truths with humor, sympathy, and a measure of righteous anger. While the music is timeless, the rowdy landscape surveyed by Shamrock City resonates deeply in today’s uneasy climate, where immigrants aspiring for a better life often face hostility and exploitation. Solas offers a welcome reminder that the struggle for dignity continues, with a tear, a laugh, and a voice raised in song.
€17.50 incl booking fee available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm.